The Blue Jay baseball team announced that Blue Jays first baseman/outfielder John Lackeys retirement was confirmed Friday.
He was 41 years old.
Lackeys, who was born in Canada, made his Major League debut in 1985 and spent seven seasons with the Blue Jays.
He also played for the Texas Rangers from 2000-03, winning a World Series title in 2006.
In 2018, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Lackey had a 3.56 ERA in 763 at-bats.
Lackeys father, James, played in the Texas League for the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals from 1990-94.
Lackes brother, Jason, played two seasons in the minor leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers.
Lackelys wife, Mary, also played in baseball, playing two seasons for the San Diego Padres.
The news of Lackeys passing came at a time when many fans were expressing disappointment over the team’s recent struggles.
ESPN’s Jays Rumors, a baseball blog, said that the team was “still in shock” over Lackeys death.
The Blue Jays were 0-5 in the American League on the season, and their last home game is Sunday.